Ipswich Transport Museum
Preserving the transport heritage of Ipswich since 1965, and now supported by the Friends of the Ipswich Transport Museum. The Ipswich Transport Museum is a Registered Charity No. 276626.
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The museum is closed until March 29th 2015

2015 Events and Special Open Days

Sunday 29th March - Retro Classic Cars (standard museum admission today)

An event featuring classic cars like the one your dad used to own, mainly from the 1970s and 80s. 11am-4pm.

Bank Holiday Monday 6th April - Easter Egg Hunt (standard museum admission today)

Come and see what we've been up to over the winter. Easter Eggs for the youngsters to find, and free bus rides from the museum. 11am-4pm.

Sunday 3rd May - 45th Ipswich - Felixstowe Vehicle Road Run

The premier road run in East Anglia! Over 500 vehicles including cars, lorries, motorcycles, buses and military vehicles gather in Christchurch Park and depart at 11.30. They will be on display on Felixstowe Promenade in the afternoon. A magnificent spectacle - and it's free to visit and watch at either end or en- route!
(Note museum is open today - normal admission charges apply).

Once again we are holding the Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Road Run to raise funds for the Ipswich Transport Museum, so we are inviting entries for the 45th event on Sunday 3rd May 2015. For the past few years this event has cost in excess of £4000 to put on but despite rising costs we have decided that we should keep the entry fee at £14 per vehicle.

As this event is very popular and we are restricted by the capacity of Felixstowe Promenade we may need to apply some restrictions. We will keep all entrants advised should any changes to the arrangements be necessary. In any event the following conditions apply:

* Only vehicles built on or before 30th April 1985 are eligible. (30 years old)

* All customised and tracked vehicles are excluded.

Full details and an entry form can be downloaded from our website. The links are:

Invite LetterPDF document Entry FormPDF document

To allow all the administrative work in arranging this event to be completed all applications should be received 31st March 2015. However, if conditions allow, we will try to accommodate late entries, but we cannot guarantee this. In your own interest and to help our planning, early application is recommended.

Can't get the information or Entry Form? Download Adobe Acrobat from 'Other Links'.

Sunday 10th May - 'Over and Under'

Pre-booking only via Ipswich Tourist Information Centre tourist@ipswich.gov.uk or 01473 258070.

Includes a river trip sailing Barge 'Victor' and a guided tour of our museum.
Refreshments and transfer from museum to boat included. £40 per person - places strictly limited so book early! 10am - 4.15pm approx.

Bank Holiday Monday 25th May - 'OMO' Buses and Coaches

An event focussing on the buses and coaches from the 1960s to 90s usually manned by only one person, which saw the end of the humble bus conductor.

Includes free bus rides to and from the museum.

Wednesday 24th June - Open all hours!(Standard museum admission today)

Never about when we're open? Today we're here 11am to 9pm-so why not pop over during the evening if you can't do weekdays or Sundays?

Saturday 27th June - Transport & Model Festival (all attraction entry ticket £9.50)

Visit three great attractions on one inclusive ticket - the Transport Museum, The Ipswich Railway Modellers Association HQ and the Ipswich Model Engineering Society. A free bus service links the sites and Scograil Model Railways using historic vehicles. A modellers dream! Accompanied children £1*. Other attractions en route. 10am - 4.30pm (*joint event ticket holders only)

Sunday 12th July - What’s in Store? (standard museum admission today)

Come and see behind the scenes. Guided tours of the museum showing some of the bits our visitors don't usually see - including our offsite museum store, with a free bus ride there and back. 11am-4pm.

Sundays 2nd, 9th and 16th August - Free Bus Ride to the Museum from the Town Centre and Railway Station (and back) (standard museum admission charges today)

Leave the car behind and enjoy a leisurely free bus ride to and from the museum. Timetable on our website from early July. Note: if you want to come in the museum, normal admission charges apply. 11am-4pm.

Bank Holiday Monday 31st August - Ride a Fire Engine Day

Get fired up with free rides on the museum's magnificent fire engines and see other visiting machines. Hear bells ring and sirens scream! A very popular event! 11am - 4pm.

Saturday 3rd October - Classic Vehicles Day

An event celebrating classic cars and light commercials. Includes a special display of visiting vehicles and free bus tours of the local area. 11am-4pm.

Saturday 17th October - Wheels by Lamplight

An unusual and atmospheric event, as enthusiastic collectors illuminate the museum with hundreds of old oil and paraffin lamps. Enjoy a special evening and leave with a warm cosy glow. 5.30pm - 9pm (Please note we cannot admit children to this event).

Sunday 15th November - 50 years of Ipswich Transport Museum

A special event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the purchase of the museum's first vehicle. Rides on museum vehicles. See website for timetable and more details. We open just after 11am until 4pm.

Saturday 5th December - The Christmas Cracker

The final opening day of our season is a family day with a Christmas theme. Seasonal decorations and entertainment in the museum help to get you into the Christmas mood and we give children a goody bag and 5d to spend on festive items, rides on a selection of museum vehicles, and a chance to meet Santa himself! 11am-4pm.